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The Lost Grizzlies: A Search for Survivors in the Wilderness of Colorado
     

The Lost Grizzlies: A Search for Survivors in the Wilderness of Colorado

by Rick Bass, Russell Chatham (Illustrator)
 
Featuring the exhiliarating insight which his readers have come to expect, Rick Bass's account of a relentless search for a species of bear rumored to be extinct is as much a book about humans as it is about bears. Bass is the acclaimed author of Winter and The Ninemile Wolves.

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Featuring the exhiliarating insight which his readers have come to expect, Rick Bass's account of a relentless search for a species of bear rumored to be extinct is as much a book about humans as it is about bears. Bass is the acclaimed author of Winter and The Ninemile Wolves.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Elk and black bear are abundant in Colorado's San Juan mountains. Does the grizzly still exist there? Since 1979, when a man was mauled by a grizzly, there have been a few unconfirmed sightings. With grizzly expert Doug Peacock and biologist Dennis Sizemore, Bass (The Nine-Mile Wolves) made three trips to the area to follow up the sightings and to search for signs (tracks and claw marks on trees, scat) that they would send to a laboratory for confirmation. The result is an engaging account of their adventures. For all three, just being in the wilderness was exhilarating; to Bass, the awareness that the bears might exist there was the heart of this search. On a solo climb at about 11,000 feet, Bass encountered a large bear he believes was a grizzly (again, no proof). Here he conveys in freewheeling style his appreciation of the wilderness and a strong sense of camaraderie. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Following David Petersen's Ghost Grizzlies (LJ 7/95), this is the second book to appear this year on the possible continued existence of grizzly bears in Colorado. Bass describes three expeditions to the San Juan Mountains to locate evidence of grizzlies. As in Ghost Grizzlies, the characters-and the language-are colorful. Petersen, a native Coloradan, more completely details the evidence for grizzlies and the political ramifications. Bass (In the Loyal Mountains, LJ 5/15/95), a short story and nature writer who lives in Montana, sets out only to chronicle the expeditions in which he participated. Like Peterson, he describes the spectacular mountain scenery and the difficulties of getting to potential grizzly habitat, but he is perhaps better at bringing the experience of the wild country alive. Both authors have written worthy books for the general reader. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 7/95.]-Bruce Neville, Univ. of Texas at El Paso Lib.
School Library Journal
YAGrizzly bears had not been seen in the San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado for almost 15 years when a small group of men set out in 1990 to seek definitive evidence that the animals still existed there. They sought a tuft of fur, footprints, or, best of all, photographs to convince wildlife officials that these mountains still provided a habitat for grizzlies, a habitat that should be preserved. Over the next two years, two more expeditions were made until, finally, a confrontation... "I look for a tree to climb, my heart in my throat. That glimpse of the rolling humped back and the wild, wild eyes is all I get before the bear's flight takes it down to a wooded ravine and away..." Bass eloquently describes the pristine mountain meadows, the icy streams, the old-growth forests and the men who seek to preserve them. His account is about friendship, commitment, and love of the outdoors as much as it is about bears. YAs interested in the environment, in wildlife preservation, and in adventure in the natural world will find this book exciting and informative.Molly Connally, Kings Park Library, Fairfax County, VA
Brian McCombie
Bass ("The Ninemile Wolves", 1992) takes readers on another highly successful foray into the wilds, this time searching for grizzly bears in southern Colorado's San Juan Mountains. Grizzlies were supposed to have been eradicated from this area in 1975, but rumors and sightings persist, sending Bass and two fellow environmentalists to investigate. If they can find the bears--or at least enough circumstantial proof--Bass and his compatriots hope to be able to then use the existing laws to protect the endangered animals. After much hiking and camping, they come across what they believe is a grizzly track--but only one. Hunting and other human intrusions have made the animals extremely secretive; again and again, the men come frustratingly close, but they leave with no evidence that the bears truly exist. Interwoven throughout Bass' compelling narrative is an insightful, compassionate history of the grizzly. The book is a forceful argument for giving the bears both "a little space" and "our reverence." Reads like a fine detective story, with a heart-thumping ending. A must for all environmentally minded people.
Booknews
Author and naturalist Rick Bass searches with a veteran grizzly expert and a biologist for proof that the grizzly bear still inhabits the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, in spite of being hunted nearly to extinction. In the process, he describes the dangers and clues on the trail of the grizzly bear as well as the mystery and beauty of the creature who has inspired such a wealth of lore, not to mention terror. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher

"about striving to find something lost in ourselves, something that can be supplied only by solitude and wilderness and the presence of creatures more powerful and self-assured than we are" The Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395717592
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date:
11/17/1995
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
6.23(w) x 9.29(h) x 0.90(d)

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Meet the Author

RICK BASS’s fiction has received O. Henry Awards, numerous Pushcart Prizes, awards from the Texas Institute of Letters, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, among others. Most recently, his memoir Why I Came West was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award.

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